15 de noviembre de 2020


Hello everyone,

I guess too much going on in summer this challenge was a bit out of focus (apart from the esprit @carnifex put into it). But now, leaves falling, insects hiding, and with two Lasioptera observations lately in Leipzig, here is a new one. Let's take deep meditating breaths and look at stems.

I am no expert but I hope the appearance is distinct enough for easy IDing.

Maybe, if someone finds both Lasioptera originated galls intertwined in one photo carnifex will allow it into his Hattrick-challenge even if a third is missing?


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28 de agosto de 2020

It's HATTRICK time!

So, here's something new for you guys - being a bit different from the 'classic' search for species:

As I am a fan of challenges, I have this going on as a personal quest for some time already, and I wonder why I didn't come up with the idea of promoting it in this group earlier.

Here's the mission: Find three plants of the same genus at the same spot (i.e. visible in one photo).

Too easy, so I exclude it here, is the 'Trifolium-triplet'.
So, for a start, to successfully participate in this challenge, either find three Acer or three Plantago species at the same spot. I managed to find both of these combinations already twice, so it should be doable. Bonus points, if the plants even touch each other 🥰

If you find other combinations, they will be evaluated by me whether they count or not 👨🏻‍🏫

On top of that, I created a new project: Go check out the Similar species in the same photo project and add your findings (not restricted to plants).

Hope you like the idea!

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17 de julio de 2020

City Nature Challenge 2021

Hey liebe 'Challenger'!
es ist ab jetzt möglich, sich für die CNC 2021 anzumelden.
Da dieses Jahr keine Stadt oder Region in Deutschland teilgenommen hat, hoffe ich für das nächste Jahr auf stärkere Beteiligung. Es reicht auch erstmal nur eine provisorische Anmeldung, dann kann man immer noch entscheiden ob man mitmachen möchte.
Da ich selber bereits eine CNC organisiert habe, kann ich gerne Tipps und Materialien zur Verfügung stellen.
Im nächsten Jahr bin ich auf jeden Fall wieder mit dabei, ich finde es eine großartige Aktion.

Hier geht's zur Anmeldung!

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04 de julio de 2020

New Target species - Harebell Carpenter Bee

https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/357470-Chelostoma-campanularum is the next target species in the challenge. This small bee is found all over europe on Bellflowers (Campanula). // https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/357470-Chelostoma-campanularum ist die nächste Ziel-art in der Challenge. Diese kleine Biene kommt überall in Europa auf Glockenblumen (Campanula) vor.

Adalia bipunctata, Cheilosia fasciata, Millium effusum, and Cynosurus cristatus are not target species any more, so please don't add any more observations of those species to the project. // Adalia bipunctata, Cheilosia fasciata, Millium effusum, und Cynosurus cristatus sind nicht mehr Ziel-arten, also bitte keine Beobachtungen mehr von diesen Arten zum Projekt hinzufügen.

Currently only me (@alexis_orion), @martingrimm, and @mobbini are curators in the project, so please let me know if you'd like to become one too. // Derzeit sind nur ich (@alexis_orion), @martingrimm und @mobbini Kuratoren im Projekt, sagt mir also bescheid wenn ihr auch mithelfen wollt.

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12 de mayo de 2020

New target species - Leafminers

We haven't had a new target species for a while, and with Cheilosa fasciata, Millium effusum, and Zimmermannia liebwerdella leaving the target list soon I thought I'd add a few new ones. Leafminers are a very under-observed group in Germany, so those might be a good fit for
our project. Here are a few fairly distinctive ones to start with:

  1. https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/715391-Agromyza-nigrescens
    This species mines on Geranium sp. (I've seen them most on G. molle), here's a link with more information: https://bladmineerders.nl/parasites/animalia/arthropoda/insecta/diptera/brachycera/agromyzidae/agromyzinae/agromyza/agromyza-nigrescens/

  2. https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/339405-Phytomyza-ranunculi
    This species can often be found on Ranunculus, Anemone, and Ficaria verna, and can be distinguished from the similar Phytomyza ranunculivora through; "frass grains fine, separated by less than their diameter, often also fusing into pearl strings". Here's a link with more information: https://bladmineerders.nl/parasites/animalia/arthropoda/insecta/diptera/brachycera/agromyzidae/phytomyzinae/phytomyza/phytomyza-ranunculi/

if you make any leafmine observations (some of you do already), I would really Appreciate it if you add them the Leafminers of Europe project on iNat.

Happy iNatting, and good luck finding some leafmines,
Alexis (@alexis_orion)

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01 de abril de 2020


@alexis_orion stumbled over this bioblitz-project for coming sunday: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/socially-distant-bioblitz-4-5-2020

see you there? :-)

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14 de febrero de 2020

Say hello to the targeted species

(This blog entry is just in order to loosely collect/link all surrounding information that was given in comments or other journal posts of this project in one source)

Animals // Tiere

Insects // Insekten

Beetles // Käfer (Coleoptera)

Bugs // Wanzen (Heteroptera) Butterflies // Schmetterlinge (Lepidoptera) Grasshoppers, Crickets, and Locusts // Heuschrecken (Orthoptera) Hymenopterans // Hautflügler (Hymenoptera) Flies // Fliegen (Diptera) Scorpionflies, Hangingflies, and Allies // Schnabelfliegen (Mecoptera) Plant-parasitic Hemipterans // Pflanzenläuse (Sternorrhyncha)

Spiders // Spinnen (Araneae)

Plants // Pflanzen

Mosses // Moose

Grasses // Gräser (Poaceae)

got included in challenge in this blog entry: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/inat-challenge-germany/journal/30717-a-call-to-grass
  • Species that are taken out of the challenge will not be actively added into the project anymore. Still, if anyone found the species and would like to have added it into the challenge to grab the species point for ranking in the challenge, just raise your hand in the comment :-)

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12 de febrero de 2020

A Call to Grass

Hi everyone,

I stumbled over this observation https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28990168 of Cynosurus cristatus yesterday, which @bobwardell helped to identify. In checking the stats on the taxa page https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/76581-Cynosurus-cristatus I found that we have only 12 observations in Germany so far, though wikipedia says it is a quite common grass, though locally listed as endangered. But looking at the GBIF data points in the map, it seems it should not be so difficult to get some more observations of it at iNat, though it seems to be advantageous to explore in Bavaria.

Digging a bit further in Poaceae it seems that many grass species are way too overlooked in general.

Poaceae observations in Germany: ~ 3000 observations with 161 different species sounds maybe not to bad. But a big chunk of them are not surprisingly Phragmites australis (266) and some others, and many, I assume, unidentified deeper than Poaceae:

So I would like to give a Call to Grass for some of them (completely arbitrarily chosen ;-), their visuals seem catchy enough to remember them), which hopefully raises other Poaceae observation counters as well.

Any additions to the list, especially from a more expert point of view, are welcome!

Happy exploring!

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02 de febrero de 2020

Species not to forget...

Zimmermannia liebwerdella
Eresus kollari

(read about on facebook or in discussions...)

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03 de enero de 2020

Two new target species

Hi and happy new year to everyone,

just as a short note, we've added to new target species in the last weeks:

1) https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/430143-Boreus-hyemalis
Informations about it (in german): https://www.insekten-sachsen.de/Pages/TaxonomyBrowser.aspx?id=223691
Can be found:

  • on mosses: Hylocomium splendens, Pleurozium schreberi, Hedwigia albicans, Polytrichum piliferum and Grimmia sp.
  • from October til March
2) https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/156527-Pottia


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